The Award Process: Overview


Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominate exceptional mathematics or science (including computer science) teachers teaching in grades 7-12 for this award year. To submit a nomination, the following information is required:

Nominations may be submitted for more than one teacher. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at

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Once a teacher is nominated or initiates the application process, the teacher will receive an email invitation to continue the application process. The invitation will include login information for accessing the online application system.


The application consists of three components: Administrative, Narrative, and Video. The components allow the applicant to provide evidence of deep content knowledge and exemplary pedagogical skills that result in improved student learning. After eligibility is confirmed and technical specifications are met, each application will be evaluated using the following five Dimensions of Outstanding Teaching:

For complete details, please review the 2020-2021 Application Packet (Adobe PDF). If needed, download a free copy of Acrobat Reader for PDF files.

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All applications will be subjected to the following review process:


PAEMST winners are typically announced and honored the year following the receipt of the application.

Each awardee receives a certificate signed by the President of the United States and a $10,000 award from NSF. Awardees are honored during events that take place in Washington, DC. These events include an award ceremony, celebratory receptions, professional development programs, and discussions with policy-makers on how to improve mathematics and science (including computer science) education.

Learn more about the event, and current awardees, on the PAEMST Recognition Program Web site.